Lonnie Kocontes failed to get a grand jury indictment against him for murder dismissed.
Lonnie Kocontes failed to get a grand jury indictment against him for murder dismissed.
Illustration by Cameron K. Lewis/OC Weekly

Weekender Updater: Gangs, Alleged Cruise Ship Killer, Discriminating Cops and TED Talkers

Read on, Garth, for links to previous Navel Gazing posts and updates to those stories.

Story: Townsend Gang Injunction in Santa Ana is Subject of a Court Hearing Wednesday Update: Orange County Superior Court Judge Franz Miller signed a preliminary injunction against the Townsend Gang but ordered authorities not to enforce it against 14 of the 24 people named in the document. Miller, who is still weighing challenges to involvement in the gang by the 14 individuals, scheduled an Oct. 22 trial-setting conference.

Story: Lonnie Kocontes' Love Boat: The Irvine lawyer escaped charges he murdered his ex-wife. Then another ex-wife and a friend turned on him Update: Orange County Superior Court Judge James Stotler recently rejected a defense motion to dismiss the grand jury indictment that led to the murder case against Lonnie Loren Kocontes. Stotler still must decide whether Orange County prosecutors have jurisdiction in the case that accuses Kocontes of strangling his ex-wife on a cruise ship and hurling her body overboard into Italian waters.

Story: Officers Jose Flores, Ryan Reyes, Brian Perez Win $3.5 mil Discrimination Suit Against WPD Update: U.S. District Court Judge David O. Carter on Monday rejected a motion by the City of Westminster, its police chief and three former police chiefs for a new trial in the discrimination case brought by three Latino police officers. From his courtroom in Santa Ana, Carter also finalized the jury's $3 million damage award for officers Jose Flores, Ryan Reyes and Brian Perez, who still work for the department (awkward ...). An attorney for the city says if more post-trial motions fail, an appeal will be considered.

Story: TEDxOrangeCoast Announces Fall Conference to Have More Attendee Interaction with Talkers Update: Presenters at TEDxOrangeCoast's fourth annual fall conference Sept. 19-20 at Soka University in Aliso Viejo will be: Umi Garrett, a 13-year-old piano virtuoso; A.G. Kawamura, former California secretary of agriculture; Eric Chen, Harvard freshman and technology/biology activist; Judy Estrin, co-founder of eight technology companies and author of Closing the Innovation Gap; Dan Miller, managing director of The Roda Group, a seed-stage venture capital group focused on clean technology; and Clinton Wilborn, an award-winning author, acclaimed dancer and film and TV producer.

Email: mcoker@ocweekly.com. Twitter: @MatthewTCoker. Follow OC Weekly on Twitter @ocweekly or on Facebook!


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